Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools

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Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez is the Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, one of the largest urban school districts in Connecticut. Born in Puerto Rico, she migrated to Hartford at the age of nine. A product of Hartford Public High School, she has served as an education leader in the Greater Hartford region for over 25 years.

Prior to her appointment as Superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez was Acting Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership at Hartford Public Schools, where she provided culturally courageous leadership to support the comprehensive improvement efforts of a network of 11 schools. She served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in magnet and neighborhood schools. Dr. Torres-Rodriguez also taught social and behavioral science at Capital Community College and served students and families at Goodwin Technical High School as a School Social Worker. For five years, she held various leadership roles at San Juan Tutorial Program, Inc., a non-profit community-based agency that provided academic and enrichment services to Hartford students, and parenting skills training and supports to families.

During her tenure as Superintendent, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez led an extensive citywide engagement process that resulted in a unanimous Board of Education vote in support of the District Model for Excellence, an equity-focused plan to redesign, reimagine, consolidate, and close 20% of the schools for improved student outcomes. She developed and executed an equity-centered budget development process and formula resulting in added targeted resources for Multilingual Learners, students with learning differences, disengaged students, and early college programming. To leverage student voice, she implemented the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council focused on participatory student budgeting. Focused on operational effectiveness and financial sustainability, she has mitigated budget deficits totaling $105M between 2017-2020, and partnered with elected officials for the successful passing of $245M capital improvement legislation, resulting in two new school campuses that co-locate magnets and neighborhood schools, a new neighborhood school, and a new education complex featuring a comprehensive neighborhood high school and district operational offices.

Dr. Torres-Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and she earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She was the recipient of the 2019 Connecticut Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (CALAS) Award for Educational Leadership, the 2019 National Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from Prospanica, and she was featured in “Women of Distinction” by Hartford Magazine. Dr. Torres-Rodriguez currently serves on the Hartford Promise board, co-chairs the Mayor’s Cabinet for Young Children in Hartford, and is a member of the Governor’s Workforce Council. She is a proud resident of Hartford, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Education

A proud graduate of Hartford Public Schools, Dr. Torres-Rodriguez received a Bachelor in Human Development and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and she earned a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University.


In The News

Watch Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez’s thoughtful conversations with students, teachers, colleagues, and community partners.

Superintendent Update – October 15, 2021

Superintendent Update – October 8, 2021

Honoring our Educators on World Teachers’ Day

Superintendent Update – October 1, 2021

National Principals Month 2021: Celebrating our School Leaders!

ONE WEEK LEFT!!! The HPS Fall 2021 Culture and Climate Survey for FAMILIES

Superintendent Update – September 24, 2021

Message from the Superintendent: Board Meeting Questions and Follow-up

Superintendent Update – September 17, 2021

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Superintendent Update – September 10, 2021

9/11 Anniversary Message from Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez

Labor Day Message from the Superintendent Honoring Hartford Public Schools’ Staff

Back to School Message from HPS Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Superintendent Update – August 13, 2021

Hartford Public Schools End-of-Year Message of Gratitude and Celebration

Superintendent Weekly Update – June 11, 2021

Superintendent Weekly Update – April 23, 2021

Statement from the Superintendent: Verdict in George Floyd Murder Case

Superintendent Weekly Update 4/15/21

REMINDER: We Need Your Feedback! Hartford Public Schools New Three-Year Plan

Superintendent Weekly Update 4/9/21

Celebrating National Assistant Principals Week

Superintendent Weekly Update – April 1, 2021

Superintendent Weekly Update Return of Remote-Only Students and More

Return of Remote-Only Students Follow-Up and Frequently Asked Questions

Return of Remote Learners to In-Person Learning Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021

HPS Statement of Solidarity with Our AAPI Students and Community

Weekly Update from the Superintendent – February 26, 2021

The CT Seal of Biliteracy 2021

Update from the Superintendent 01/29/21

Superintendent’s Message: Celebrating Black History Month

Update from the Superintendent

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Update from the Superintendent

Update from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Celebrating Our Shared Accomplishments

Student Meal Distribution: Seven Days of Meals on Tuesday, December 22

Community Update from the Superintendent

Update from the Superintendent

Share your Feedback with Hartford Public Schools

Return-to-Learn Update

Coronavirus Update: Student Meals and Continuity of Learning

Celebrating National Nutrition Month

A Holiday Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

HPS Superintendent Talks Education Equity with Hartford Foundation

HPS Superintendent Honored as “Woman of Distinction”

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Honoring our Veterans

Our Students Are Watching: A Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez & Our Board of Education

Nuestros estudiantes están mirando: un mensaje de la Dra. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez y nuestra Junta de Educación

An Important Attendance Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Back-to-School Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Our Superintendent’s Message about Protecting our Immigrant Families and Educating All Children

Summer Message and Resources from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

A Message about the 2019-2020 School Year Budget from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

HPS Announces Series of Videos to Showcase the District Model for Excellence

A Message of Appreciation for our Teachers from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Superintendent’s Message for Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Spring Back into Learning on April 15th!

School Safety Message from the Superintendent

A Black History Month Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Message from our Superintendent

A Holiday Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Op-Ed: The Hartford Courant, Nov. 28, 2018: High goals transforming Hartford’s schools

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Veterans Day Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

October is National Principals Month

A Message about Attendance Awareness from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

2018 Smarter Balance Test Results Reveal Progress in Mathematics and English Language Arts

Back-to-School 2018 Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

A Summer Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

An Open Letter of Appreciation to our School Administrators, Teachers, and School Staff Members from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez

Superintendent’s Report

A Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, January 24, 2018

Message from our Superintendent, January 3, 2018

Invitation from Dr. Torres-Rodriguez to her Presentation of Restructuring Recommendations to The Board of Education

Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodríguez June 2017

Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodríguez May 2017

Special Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodríguez April 2017

Superintendent’s Message from Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodríguez March 2017

A Statement about the Budget from Acting Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodríguez

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day Message from your Superintendent

A Holiday Message from your Superintendent

A Message to our Community from Acting Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez